My goal for participating in the reflective writing club were:
- To grow as a person and an educator
- Connect with colleagues and learn from them
- Challenge myself and share my ideas with peers
What have I learned from it? Have I achieved my goals?
Six week may seem like a long time, but for me it passed before I can blink. Yes, I did achieve each of this goals a little. I visited many of my colleagues blogs and gain insights from their knowledge and am learning to integrate technology with sound education. I am able to connect with wonderful Sheri Edwards and always graceful Laura Gibbs to name a few. I realized that I have a lot of ideas and yet struggle with deadlines.
Over the six weeks, I found out that I am spending way too long time forming and publishing my posts. At times, I looked at the prompt and over thought my responses. to meet the deadlines, I need to have better plan and time management. I am a new blogger. Experience, being comfortable in my skin, learning about new techniques and applying them to my posts will help me. Baby Steps is the name of the game here. I also need to know when to tweak the plan and get similar reason. e.g., while writing Does My Mother Knows My Despair? I was trying to add a picture with text. I spend almost two hours on learning about it. I have still not got hold of it. Rather than spending any more time on it, I decided to modify my plan and added the poem as document in the post. In nutshell, I need to
Sometimes, reading the post from my peers was like looking in the mirror of my thoughts; they had written exactly what I was writing. Then I wrassle with Do I scrap my post? Do I continue? At other times, my colleagues had a different way to look at the same prompt. Who knew a prompt for unplugging can be responded to as un-driving but Laura Gibbs did just that and in the process taught us a thing or two. I learned that
Overall, I enjoyed the experience. I am looking forward to other professional development from @One.
Are you participating in Reflective Writing Club? Another challenge? What are your thoughts on it?